KAPOLEI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A special presentation was held Monday morning at Kapolei Elementary School to emphasize the safety of Hawaii's school aged children.
The students participated in an entertaining and interactive presentation by retired Honolulu Police Department Officer Leighton Kaonohi, creator of the 'Officer Honolulu Keiki Safety Program.'
The program began in 1998 and teaches children the basics of taying safe in everyday life. Some of the topics include "stranger danger," maintaining strength in numbers, and how to protect themselves during potentially dangerous situations. His message is delivered in a way that kids can easily remember; through song and dance.
"I teach them how to walk. The walk is the 'akamai walk.' Always scanning, not playing, not digging your nose, not looking in the sky, but always scanning. If you are scanning you will see the predator even as they see you," Kaonohi said.
Officer Kaonohi was invited by Representative Sharon Har (Kapolei, Makakilo) to speak to students following a reported kidnapping attempt near the school last week.
"There's nothing more than important than the safety of our keiki" said. Har. "This program helps students understand personal safety in a non-threatening way. It is a different day and age in which we are living so it takes everyone working together to make our community safe.
"We greatly appreciative Officer Kaonohi, and his team including Keiki Power, and the support of teachers, administration and the staff at Kapolei Elementary to share this important message."